preparing to open a studio
Nick trying to remove old window stickers

November’s been an interesting month all told.  In addition to the usual flurry of Christmas orders, gift card purchases and special promotions I, in my infinite wisdom, decided to take the plunge and open a studio as a base for our photography business.

To be fair, it did not come completely out of the blue.  It’s something I’ve been thinking of (albeit in a random kind of way) for a while.  Up to now, I never really took my thought process any further than the initial idea.  Each time, I’ve allowed the fairly critical thought process to stall at the first important question and that was that.   But… suddenly over the last few weeks the idea took hold and formed into something I felt I could actually make a go of.

Deep down, I’m convinced it makes sense – apart from anything else, the wildcard that is the wonderful weather has really played havoc with my outdoor portraiture this year.  Whilst I’ve been fortunate enough to be busy with other projects and international assignments, it has really limited my flexibility in working around the climate in what has been a particularly unpredictable year weather-wise.

I don’t know if I would recommend the way that I’ve gone about things, but if there’s one thing I have learned over the past few weeks it is that deciding to open a studio certainly focusses the mind!    Like most people running their own small business, there have always been things, particularly around the more ‘business management’ side of things that I knew I should be doing, or could be doing better.

I have to confess, I find some of these a chore – others I don’t really have a clue about.  The internet is a great resource, but it takes quite a lot of thought to translate even the best ’10 tips to success’ into ’10 tips for success in my business‘.  There are literally hundreds of books out there, but locating a decent one, finding the time to read it and then actually taking action on what it says it is a tall order, particularly if you find the subject matter… well… far less interesting than taking actual photographs!

Our new studio wall before being attached to the blocks.
The new studio wall just before being attached to the blocks.

I’ll try to post regular updates as things progress – and I’ll even try to highlight the things that have actually worked for me, as well as those that haven’t, although I would never claim to be an expert.   In the meantime, if anyone has ’10 tips for successfully removing eight year old full sized stickers from shop windows’, please send them in!

As ever I’d love to read your comments in the box below.  Chat soon  –  Nick : )